Kariega Settlers Drift

Kariega Settlers Drift offers a unique tented safari combined with 5-star luxury. The lodge consists of 9 spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks. Gazing down from the decks overlooking the Bushman’s River. The luxuriously appointed and perfectly positioned tented lodge delivers the ultimate guest experience with breath- taking  views from the lodge deck and pool. Guests at Kariega Settlers Drift can also relax in the comfortable setting of the lounge area with a book and enjoy starlight dining and traditional African barbecues in the boma.


Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned private game reserve located in the Eastern Cape. The game reserve covers 5260 hectares of African wilderness and spans across five different eco-systems. Kariega Game Reserve is ranked as one of the best Eastern Cape Safari destinations and offers exceptional game viewing all year round and is set between two beautiful rivers, the Kariega and Bushman’s rivers. The diverse landscape and lush environment make the reserve a haven for varied flora and wildlife species.  The rivers at Kariega Game Reserve connect the rolling African landscapes to the ocean making it ideal for water-based wildlife spotting, cruises, and adventure activities. Lead by energetic game rangers with an incredible passion for the African wild, daily game drives at Kariega River Lodge are taken in specialized 8-seater 4×4 safari vehicles.  With the assistance of your expert ranger, you will enjoy close-up sightings of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) as well as hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, eland, kudu, and fish eagles. This remarkable malaria-free reserve also offers safari cruises and kayaking excursions.  Witnessing the incredible birdlife along the riverbeds is nothing short of magnificent on this unique safari experience. Kariega offers a selection of 4-star lodges as well as the 5-star lodges.


  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • River cruises
  • Canoeing
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing
  • Kids program
  • Wellness treatments


  • Big five
  • Kariega River
  • Bushman’s River
  • 5 star accommodation
  • Magnificent views

Closest airport

Port Elizabeth Airport – 150km

Children policy

Settlers Drift welcomes children over 10 years. More Details

  • Children 11 to 16 years (as 3 rd person sharing) – 50% of the per person sharing rate
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2 Game-drives daily, all meals, select beverages, canoeing, a river cruise, and guided bushwalks.


Drinks, additional activities, Kariega Foundation conservation & community levy of R150 p/adult paying guest per night, and transfers are excluded.


Low: 01 May – 30 September

High: 01 October – 17 December

& 01 March – 30 April

& 11 January – 31st January

Peak: 18 December – 10 January

& 01 February – 28 February

Terms & conditions

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable and 100% over peak season
  • Rates are valid up to 10 January 2023

Accommodation Options

Luxury Tented Suites

Sleeps 2 Adults, 1 child

The 9 luxurious tented suites at at Settlers Drift are one-of-a-kind and feature private viewing decks and stunning vistas. Each superior unit features an opulent bedroom and living area, full bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower and mini-bar.

Refer to seasons and T&C's above

Peak season CA$ 1,018 per, per night
High Season CA$ 962 per person, per night
Low Season CA$ 719 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 90-minute drive from Port Elizabeth or a 9-hour drive from Cape Town, both on the scenic N2 highway. Driving from Cape Town takes you through the Garden Route for approximately 858km from which you will turn to the reserve entrance.



Flights from all major centres in South Africa to Port Elizabeth airport.


Flight Duration

  • Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Durban to Port Elizabeth: 1 hour 20 minutes